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History of 5-Pin Bowling

Tommy Ryan invented 5 pin bowling in 1909 when he transformed his downtown Toronto bowling centre from a tenpin facility to the new game of 5 pin bowling. Apparently, the tenpin variety was too slow and the customers suggested that the pinboys “just set up half of the pins so we can finish faster." When a lighter bowling ball was introduced and a rubber band added around pins, a truly Canadian sport and recreation was born.



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